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From Bill Curry (@CurryB) in Turkey
Senior Liberals in Antalya, Turkey, are pretty excited that Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama seem to be hitting it off.
Canada's new Prime Minister had already spoken twice by phone with the President of the United States and they are scheduled to have their first formal meeting later this week at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit in Manila.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau shared a bit of what he saw as one of the few people in the closed-door meetings of G20 world leaders.
"One of the most interesting moments in the meeting was when President Obama, in his comments said – and this is pretty much a direct quote, as much as I can remember it exactly – 'I applaud Justin for his willingness to stimulate the economy through fiscal stimulus.' So that was his comment to his entire room," said Mr. Morneau Sunday evening.
"To me that was a very interesting comment. I will tell you that President Obama was on a first-name basis with our Prime Minister and with [International Monetary Fund Managing Director] Christine Lagarde. I noted that and I think that reflects to a great extent the comfort they're feeling with the new government and the enthusiasm."
The attention of world leaders at the economic summit has focused on the Paris terror attacks. However, the summit is also Mr. Trudeau's first opportunity to meet the world's biggest political actors.
On Monday, Mr. Trudeau meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel before the G20 summit comes to a close.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS MORNING
By Chris Hannay (@channay)
> The attacks in Paris on Friday have not changed the Liberal government's plans to withdraw jets and accept 25,000 Syrian refugees. However, the government says it will train local forces working against the Islamic State and focus on humanitarian aid.
> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told world leaders that Canada will continue to be an active member of the coalition against the Islamic State.
> French fighter jets have made their biggest attacks yet against the Islamic State.
> Canada will take great care in vetting incoming Syrian refugees, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
> There are a record number of Muslim MPs in the House of Commons.
> Inside the RCMP's investigation into Senate expenses.
> And the leader of the Wildrose Party, Alberta's official opposition, said over the weekend he was open to uniting with the province's other conservative party, the Progressive Conservatives.
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WHAT EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT
"Suddenly there's a different test for this untested PM. Most leaders start out of their depth on foreign affairs – Stephen Harper was at first; so was Mr. Trudeau's father, Pierre. It was almost unfair that Justin Trudeau had to begin, as a green PM, with a string of major global summits. Now, less than two weeks on the job, add a crisis that underlines a real security threat and sparks emotional reaction, that carries big risks abroad and at home, and offers many ways to go wrong." – Campbell Clark (for subscribers) on the prime minister's first days.
Lawrence Martin (Globe and Mail): "With the terror from Islamic State escalating, and with France promising to expand the war against the terror network, circumstances have indeed changed."
Dany and Lisa Assaf (Globe and Mail): "As heartbroken Canadians and as Muslims, we are here to reiterate and shout to these criminals: Not in our name."
Wesley Wark (Globe and Mail): "There is no option but a sustained military effort to destroy the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq."
Rob Carrick (Globe and Mail): "Mr. Morneau and Mr. Poloz, the economy you're both in charge of isn't working as well as it should for young adults."
Dan Leger (Halifax Chronicle Herald): "You have to wonder whether the guy who came into power on low expectations might someday be hurt by the astronomical hopes he has raised."
This newsletter is produced by Chris Hannay and Steve Proceviat.
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